READ : 2 Timothy 2:1-13
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead . . . that is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship. (vv. 8-9)
She was a remarkable young girl even before the incident that would make worldwide headlines and change her life forever. Bethany Hamilton longed to know what God would have her do with her life. So, kneeling by her bed one evening with Mom at her side, she prayed earnestly from her island home in Kauai, asking God to show her how to let her light shine for him.
Just weeks later, on Halloween, 13-year-old Bethany was doing what she loved to do – surfing – when she was attacked by a great white shark. For many, the tragedy that took her arm would have been the end of the story. But for Bethany, the story was only beginning. By Thanksgiving, Bethany was back up on the board, to the amazement of fellow surfers and the media. The invitations started pouring in – Oprah . . . 20/20 . . . Dateline . . . MTV.
And during every appearance, the shy, blonde-haired beauty spoke boldly about her faith in Jesus Christ and the difference it made in her personal life. She shirked off the hardship of living – and surfing – without her left arm. As with Paul in his second letter to Timothy, God had given her a message and a platform, in spite of the hardships.
No matter the cost, Lord Jesus, help me represent you well.